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* AC VISTA- Accelerate Montana - University of Montana
University of Montana's students are leaving between their freshman and sophomore year at a rate of 32% according to the Missoulian. Low income Native American students on campus are leaving at far higher rates, according to VP of Enrollment, Tom Crady. With this project, Accelerate Montana hopes to help Native American students (high school and college) and other disadvantaged populations stay in and be successful in school through building problem-solving skill sets. These efforts will help graduate these students and help them post college to be adept to solve critical community and global problems. This project will also help low income high school students access entrepreneurial curriculum and thinking to help these students build post-secondary skill sets. According to the Montana poverty maps, in Western Montana alone, zones begin at 10% poverty and grow to a more severe 30% or more category on reservation land. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, higher average rates of entrepreneurship in a state correspond to bigger declines in poverty; in fact, every 1 percentage point increase in entrepreneurship corresponds to a 2 percent decrease in the poverty rate. With a focus on rural, Native American, and disadvantaged populations, this project seeks to expose entrepreneurial methodologies to give new tools to high schoolers, college students and faculty, as well as alumni to be successful in school and beyond. This VISTA will have an opportunity to setup programming inside Western Montana's high-poverty places inside the state, write and research grants to run additional programming on and off campus, and collaborate with our vast network of campus and community organizations to help these students succeed.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will establish pathways for disadvantaged populations, like Native Americans and women, on campus to increase retention and entrepreneurial thinking; identify collaborative campus communities and leaders, establish partnerships, communication practices, recruitment techniques, and language that applies to each community and population to better serve them; and create and deliver meaningful trainings to serve each population. Furthermore, the VISTA will identify high poverty, rural communities. Within those communities, find partners (teachers, leaders, etc.) who would like to collaborate and learn entrepreneurial thinking; write blog posts and press releases about the milestones achieved throughout the VISTA project; and attend and present to campus and community stakeholders.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Tribal ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Technology ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Education ,  Writing/Editing ,  Entrepreneurship . 
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* AC VISTA- Accelerate Montana - University of Montana

Program Start/End Date
02/18/2020  -   02/16/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/22/2019  To  01/31/2020 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88588